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Publication numberUS3180390 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 27, 1965
Filing dateMar 14, 1962
Priority dateMar 14, 1962
Publication numberUS 3180390 A, US 3180390A, US-A-3180390, US3180390 A, US3180390A
InventorsJr Edward H Ockert
Original AssigneeJr Edward H Ockert
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Securing device
US 3180390 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

April 27, 1965 E. H. OCKERT, JR

SECURING DEVICE .2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed March 14, 1962 INVENTOR 50mm hf OGKEREJR.

BY ATT NEY AGENT April 27, 1965 E, H. OCKERT, JR

SECURING DEVICE .2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed March 14, 1962 mm m m R w W. m E WK M m w H 0a 0 mm R M M S M V D 5 WP M Q 2. V

United States Patent 0 3,186,390 SECG DEVICE Edward H. Oclrert, Era, 1690 N. Stafford t.., Arlington, Va. Filed Mar. 14, 1962, Ser. No. 179,821 2 Claims. (Cl. 1S159) (Granted under Title 35, 11.5. Qode (1952}, sec. 26$

The invention described herein may be manufactured and used by or for the Government of the United States of America for governmental purposes without the pay ment of any royalties thereon or therefor.

The present invention relates to a nut and bolt combination and more particularly to an improved nut and bolt combination which possesses safety features heretofore unknown in the nut and bolt art.

Prior to applicants invention it has been the general practice in the aircraft industry to use bolts with castellated nuts and cotter pins to prevent the nut from becoming loose due to the vibration of the aircraft. On several occasions, after maintenance inspections or after repairs have been made on an aircraft there have been instances Where the bolt was inserted through the members to be secured together, but for some reason or other, the nut had not been fully threaded onto the bolt. In other instances, the nut was completely omitted from the bolt.

It can readily be seen that such mistakes or oversights on the part of ground maintenance crews could quite possibly result in the loss of a pilot and an aircraft should the bolt slide free of the members thus disconnecting the control linkage.

In an effort to overcome this problem steps have been taken to provide greater security for vital control systems. Particular attention being given to the control systems of an aircraft which must be frequently disconnected. In seeking a solution to this problem it has been found that it is imperative for the clamping action of the conventional bolt and castellated nut plus the safety afforded by the cotter pin to be incorportaed into any substitute type of locking device. It has also been determined that the bolt is required to have full shear strength in the section subjected to shear forces.

Also, in the aircraft application of the instant device it becomes obvious that specific tolerances must be maintained and also specific standards as to shear and tensile strcn ths of this bolt and nut combination must be met before it can be accepted for military and commercial uses. Thus, it is understandable that the various balllock devices which were designed for quick-disconnect and blind applications have excessive dimensions and are not compatible with nuts and cotter pins and therefore unsuitable for this purpose. Nor is the required shear and tensile strengths present in such devices.

Although a conventional bolt and castellated nut with a cotter pin is secure when correctly installed, the possibility of faulty insertion of the bolt, nut or cotter pin has proven too subject to human error since on several occasions the cotter pin have been omitted or incorrectly installed with a resulting failure while the aircraft is in flight.

An obiect of the present invention is the provision of an externally threaded bolt which cannot be lost after its insertion.

Another object of the invention is the provision of an improved nut and bolt combination which possesses safety features heretofore unknown.

A further object of the invention is to provide a bolt and nut combination that possesses the desired shear and tensile loading features of a conventional bolt and nut.

Still another object of the invention is to provide an improved nut and bolt combination with means for preventing damage to the bolt retaining means.

Patented Apr. 27, 1965 'ice Other objects and many of the attendant advantages of this invention will be readily appreciated as the same becomes better understood by reference to the following detailed description when considered in connection with the accompanying drawings wherein:

FlG. l is a sectional view of a preferred embodiment of the invention in its assembled and locked position.

FIG. 1A is an end view of FIG. 1 looking in the direction of the arrows.

FIG. 2 is an exploded view of the embodiment shown in FIG. 1.

FIG. 3 is a sectional view of the embodiment shown in FIG. 1 in its unlocked position with the nut removed.

FIG. 4 is a sectional view of another embodiment of the invention in its assembled and locked position.

FIG. 4A is an end view of FIG. 4 looking in the direction of the arrows.

FIG. 5 is a sectional view of the embodiment shown in FIG. 4 in its unlocked position with the nut removed.

Referring now to the drawings, wherein like reference characters designate like or corresponding parts throughout the several views, there is shown in FIG. 1, which illustrates a preferred embodiment of the invention, a bolt it) having a head 11 and shank portion 12. The lower end of shank 12 being threaded as shown at 13 for receiving a castellated nut 14.

Bolt It? is provided with a centrally located bore which has an upper portion, intermediate portion and end portions, designated 15a, 15b and 150, respectively. End portion 15c of the bore is provided with a pair of radial apertures 16 which are of lesser diameter than balls 17 and serve to contain them within shank 12. The lower end of end portion 150 is provided with a second pair of radial apertures 13 which are of less diameter than apertures l6. Apertures 18 are located in the threaded portion 13 and receive a cotter pin 19 which restrains the castellated nut from coming loose of the shank l2.

Inserted into the bore within shank 12 is a plunger 21. The plunger 21 consists of a shaft portion 22, the upper end of which is threaded at 23. The lower end of plunger 21 is provided with an enlarged portion 24 with a taper at 36 for urging balls 17 radially outward. Attached to the upper end of shaft portion 22 is a spring retainer 25 which is afiixed thereto by means of threads 23. A spring 26 is concentrically mounted over shaft portion 22 within upper bore 25a.

A spacer 27, which is of larger diameter than the shank 12 with the balls 17 extending therefrom, and of suflicient tldckness to prevent the balls 17 from being damaged when the nut 14 is threaded onto the shank portion 12, is located between nut 14 and member 34.

FIG. 1A, which is an end view of FIG. 1, illustrates the head ll of bolt it? with a screwdriver slot 28. There is also shown the spring retainer 25 which is provided with a pair of openings 2% for receiving a spanner wrench or some other tool. The spring retainer is staked at 31 to insure that the retainer 25 does not come loose from shaft 22 of the plunger 21.

PEG. 2 is an exploded view of FIG. 1 showing the relationship of the various parts before being assembled and locked.

FIG. 3 illustrates the position of balls 17 with respect to the shank portion 12 of bolt 19. It is to be noted that the insertion of a screwdriver 32 into the slot 23 will, upon the application of pressure to the screwdriver 32, compress spring 26 and move plunger 21 inwardly. Inward movement of plunger 21 permits the enlarged portion to move out from between balls 17 thus permitting the balls 17 to ride down the taper 30. When the spring 26 is compressed as shown, the balls 17 move radially inward to the extent that the outermost peripheral portion of balls 17 are flush with shank portion 12 ment of the instant invention.

7 7 being of larger diameter than the former.

' from falling out.

permitting the balls 17 to protrude beyond the shank 12 and thereby preventing the bolt 1%) from sliding through aperturesSS in members 34 and keeping members 34 in their desired position.

FIG. 4, is a sectional view illustrating another embodi- There is shown a bolt 19 having a head portion 11 and shank portion 12. The bolt 1% is provided with a centrally located bore which has an upper portion 35 and a lower portion 36, the latter in this bore'is a plunger 37 having an upper end 38 and a lower end 39. The lower end 39 of the plunger 3'7 is further provided with a recess 41 for receiving spring 42. The lower portion 35 of the bore in shank 12 is provided with a groove 43 which receives a snap ring 44 to hold a spring centering cap 45 in place and keeps'the spring 42 from falling out of recess 41. I

, The embodiment illustrated in FIG. 4- employs a bridging washer 46 which acts as a spacing means and prevents the nut 14 from coming into contact with the balls 1'7 and doing any damage thereto. 'The principle of operation of the embodiment shown in FIG. 4 is the same as that of PEG. 1. I

FIG. 4A is an end view of FIG. 4 illustrating the slot 28 in the head 11, also shown in the upper end 38 of the p1unger 37.

FIG. 5 is a sectional view illustrating the position of the balls 17 and the plunger 37 when a force is applied to the upper end 38 of the plunger 37 by screwdriver 32 or some equivalent tool.

'As'can be seen from FIG. 5, the force applied at the upper end 38 of plunger 37 compresses the spring 42. As the spring is compressed the lower end 39 of plunger 37 moves down permitting the balls to move radially inward as the tapered portion 47 of the lower end 39 comes into contact with the balls 1'7. With the balls 17 in the innermost position the shank 12 of bolt 11 is free to be removed from members 34 permitting the members 34 to be separated. It is to be noted that in each embodiment of theinvention, when the .bolt is in its locked position,

FIGS. 1' and 4, the cross-sectional area of the bolt 16) is at its maximum thus providing a maximum shear strength in thisarea. Y

In order to more fully describe the invention a descrip tion of its operation is provided below: a v

The members 34 which are to be secured together are each provided with an aperture 33 to receive the bolt 10. In order to insert the bolt 1%) into the hole 33, a screwdriver 32 must be applied to the slot 28 as shown in FIG. 3.. By inserting the screwdriver 32 the spring 26 is compressed as the plunger 21 moves down, permitting balls 17 to move radially inward. With the balls 17 in their innermost position, the bolt 16 may be inserted into the apertures 33 in the members 34. After the bolt '10 is inserted into the members 34, releasing the screwdriver 32 permits the plunger to be urged outwardly by the spring. As the plunger moves out the balls 17 are forcedradially outward by the lower portion of the plunger.

trude beyond the shank portion 12 of bolt 11. Y The balls 17 will abut the member 34 and thus prevent the bolt 1% Next, the washer 27 is inserted over the lower end of bolt 19. The washer 27 is of sufficient thickness to prevent the balls 17 from being crushed or 7 damaged as the nut 14 is tightened up. The nut 14, hav- As pointed out above, the diameter of apertures leis less than the diameter of balls 17, thus, only a portion of balls 17 pro- Inserted with- V thereto.

. ing itself from bolt lit, a cotter pin 19 is inserted through ing internal threads 14:: and slots 14b, is then threaded onto threads 13 of the bolt shank 12 and securely fastened As a means of preventing the nut from loosenthe slots 14b in the nut and the opening 18 in the bolt.

It is to be noted that the balls 17 and the plunger 21 are to be made of stainless steel and steel, respectively. The reason for this being that the effectiveness of the device is dependent to a large extenton the balls and the plunger. It is apparent that a hard material which will not be readily deformed when subjected to loading is the type of material which would be best suited for this purpose.

Obviously many modifications and variations of the present invention are possible in the light of the above teachings. .It is therefore to be understoodthat within the scope of the appended claims the invention may be practiced otherwise than as specifically described.

' What is claimed is:

1. An'improved fastening device capable of securing a plurality of plate members togetherand of carrying structural loadsin both shear and tension comprising:

a bolt having a head,'a shank, and a threaded end, said bolt'having an axial bore extending throughout the entire length thereof comprising an intermediate bore portion near said bolt shank and an enlarged stepped bore portion near said bolt threaded end, said bolt shankfhaving first and second transverse aperture means disposed near said'threaded end, said first aperture. means having a reduced area portion at the periphery of said bolt; I 7

locking means normally disposed within said bolt and movable within said first aperture means to a position of projection at least partially through said reduced area portion of the first aperture means at the periphery of said bolt thereby being constrained from complete passage therethrough by said reduced area portion; Y

a castellated nut having internal threads forthreadedly engaging the threaded end of said bolt and a cotter key normally extending through said second apertur means for engaging and preventing rotation of said castellated nut;

an annular spacer having an internal bore ofconsta'nt radius over a substantial portion of its axial length, saidspacer being separable from said nut and normally disposed aboutsaid bolt shank between said nut and said plate'members, said spacer having an axial dimension at least as great as the axial dimen sion of said locking means and an internal dimension at least as great as the dimensions of said looking I means when in said position of projection, whereby said spacer functions to prevent said locking means I deformed when said nut is threadedonto bolt head to urge said locking means outward and partially through said first aperture means; and passage means in said bolt head for providing access to said plunger means whereby, upon insertion of a tool in said passage means, said plungeris urged toward said threaded end portion to permit said lock-' 1 ing means to move inward so that said bolt can be inserted or withdrawn from an aperture in the plate members to be secured. a 2. The improved fastening device of claim 1 wherein said resilient means comprises a spring disposed in a counterbore near said bolt head.

(References on following page) Reierences Cited by ihe Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS FOREIGN PATENTS 1,283,372 12/61 France.

OTHER REFERENCES Spear 151-5 Passauer l51 6 5 Weir et aL, Abstract of Application, Serial No. 74,643, Brewster. pubiished April 10, 1951, 645 0.6. 679.

Poupitch 15169 Williams. EDWARD C. ALLEN, Primary Exammer.

Boyd 151-9 CARL W. TOMLIN, Examiner.

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U.S. Classification411/348, 411/945, 411/999
International ClassificationF16B21/16, F16B39/04
Cooperative ClassificationY10S411/945, F16B39/04, Y10S411/999, F16B21/165
European ClassificationF16B39/04, F16B21/16B